The real lesson of Blairism
is that, even with sky-high popularity, governments have, at best, half of a first landslide term to make a substantial difference before circumstances overtake their agenda.
Scottish Labour have to embrace some of the elements of Blairism
without that "ism" - a sort of Big Tent Labour which challenges the SNP's own inclusive politics.
MAJOR MISTAKE: Roy Hattersley this week declared Blairism
a myth, saying his election win was down to the unpopularity of John Major and his party
Meanwhile, a senior union leader yesterday said Blairism
had "run its course" and called for a change in direction from Labour to win back the votes of core supporters who have deserted the party since 1997.
In Biblical terms, Blairism
is the poisonous tree which can give forth only poisonous fruit and must be rooted out" - Lord Tebbit, former Tory Party chairman.
Certainly, it was a coming together of the worst of the emotional fraudulence of Blairism
and the deepest excesses of celebrity culture - plus not a small amount of media opportunism.
What the mourners then got was Blairism
, the prosecution of Thatcher's socio-economic revolution, prostration before George W.
And he has been unlucky - to say the least - in his search for allies among the member states: the Blairism
he has espoused has not prospered within the EU, and German voters have dashed his hopes of reformist reinforcements arriving from Berlin.
He must also have a strong coherent plan and a core philosophy to explain - finally - that Third Way politics and Blairism
aren't just a series of soundbites and headline manipulation where you make it up as you go along.
Where "Trainspotting" was a drug-fueled cry against the conformity of '80s Thatcherism, "Factory" is a violence-fueled yelp against the vacuousness of '90s Blairism
Deceit, arrogance, greed and cronyism are cornerstones of Blairism
has widened even more "the divided nation".
But Livingstone's success in becoming a focus for this unease illustrates the way in which the long-isolated "hard left" of the party now takes a lead in articulating desires for alternatives to Blairism
as more centrist figures and factions have blurred into indistinguishable leadership loyalism.
accepts Thatcherite free-market policies, themselves a return to the laissez-faire economics of Victorian orthodoxy.
It it not just that Blairism
is gone, it seems the age of centrist government is disappearing in Europe.